I started seeds indoors but many of the seeds were old and the sprouting took longer than I thought this spring. I added in a plant light but I need to add a warming pad to help accelerate the seeds sprouting. Now the room I started the plants was cool and it took longer for the seeds to sprout than I anticipated but when they started sprouting it was very thrilling. I bought a few plants locally just in case my plant starts were a “bust”. Welp, my plant starts are still small but the bought plants are in the raised bed right now and I can start a “succession” planting of the raised beds. While I have planted the store bought plants in the raised beds. I have also sown seeds for some plants and I have my small starter plants.. I hope to keep planting either plant starts and seeds through out this summer to maximize garden production. There is something that is so satisfying about growing a plant and seeing that plant grow.
I know Spring is not the best time to grow lawn grass but my back yard lawn patch is doing very good this spring. After scratching up the soil, adding the grass seed and covering the grass seed/lawn in a thin layer of compost plus adding in daily watering. The grass is growing and the older grass is starting to spread out and fill in the lawn area. This area will never be golf course quality but my pets love the area and the lawn helps cool the the backyard. Once the grass is established it will be drought resistant. Early days yet for backyard lawn/garden but overall things are going better than I expected.
I have been asking folks to prepare for hard times. I faced losing my house because I became disabled and had no income for several months and not being able to pay your bills is terrifying. Especially if you were not the one that screwed up! The government faces a simple choice. Either pay people a monthly stipend for the basics of living or get people back to work. Why are people heading to parks, beaches and not bars and cafes? The people have been out of work for 2 months and spending their savings/credit cards keeping food on the table and paying only the bills they need to survive!
I have been a big fan of buying up food you want to eat on sale and finding a way to store it for a year or two at a minimum. So I have been focusing on buying meats, beef,pork and chicken because I don’t have enough land to grow my own meat and the city has code restrictions about agricultural animals in the city. While it great that some people can raise their own meat animals. Most city dwellers are dependent on what the local grocery stores offer for sale. There are few tips for buying meat I will offer.
- Buy meat you want to eat and know how to cook: I despise the taste of liver but I like the taste of heart or gizzards. It does not matter to me that liver is chock full of vitamins. The smell of it cooking just to much for me. Buy and store foods you want to eat and don’t waste your money on any food storage that is cheap, you think you will eat if “you are hungry enough”. That can be said of cannibalism.
- You can’t keep city animals out of your garden. You have put up barriers to protect your garden. Whining about critters in your garden does not help grow a garden. Plus if you think anyone other than a wizard can control cats. You are deluding yourself. My cats stay close to my home and they dig in my garden beds. I have neighbor cats that cross my backyard and probably dig in my garden beds. Those cats also catch mice, rats and other garden destroying rodents. Welcome to gardening with always imperfect solutions to mama nature.
- Keep starting plants indoors and in your garden to create a continual harvest. Some plants like tomatoes and peppers need a long grow time but lettuce, radishes need a much shorter growth period of 2-4 weeks till harvest. I’m using some of the green plastic snow/garden fencing with the cheap plastic fence posts made for electric mesh fences and it works for a temporary fence. I’ll add some cheap low garden fence to stop the critters from pushing underneath the plastic fence. I’m going to make a cheap little gate and add some 1×2 inch boards that will stop most of the critters digging in my garden beds.
- I’ve been a little late getting three of my small beds growing the 3 sisters garden. I planted a new sweet corn called “Bantam Early” that produces ears in 60-90 days so I should get some corn production from the small 3 sister beds.
- Get planting in small plastic kiddie pools as planter beds. I have grown herbs, lettuce/greens and small watermelons in these small pools of dirt. You don’t need to buy lumber for raised beds. These are not good for most root crops but even small radish plants can grow in a small kiddie pool planter. Plus the cost is cheap for a kiddie pool of $7.00-10.00 compared to the cost of lumber for a raised bed or the cost of most flower/plant pots.
- I know I can’t grow all the food I will need in a year in my small garden. But I can grow some, perhaps a majority of fresh veggies I need and get my food costs a bit lower on the monthly budget. Just because I can’t grow all of my food does not mean I should not try and grow some of my food.
I’m immuno- comprised and I have only two choices. Stay at home or wear a mask and get the things I need to survive. I see many idiots wearing masks wrong or not wearing masks at all. My life is in my hands and what other people do is not my problem, because I can’t change what other people do. All I can control is what I do daily. If you are worried about Corona virus stay home or mask up when going out in the public shopping or whatever task you need to get done. Don’t snitch on people that don’t follow some government mandated or your own KAREN protocol. Your life is in your hands and you must make that risk assessment for yourself! No one should be required to change their life so you can pretend to be safe. Are many people idiots? Yep! that does not mean you have to behave idiotically. Your safety depends only upon you and not anyone else!
This post is getting a bit long, but no one is obligated to make you feel safe. You are responsible for yourself, that is what we call being an adult. Make yourself as resilient as possible and don’t ask the government to save you because that price can be very high!